Comfort, whether in the front seat or rear seat, is superb in the long-wheelbase Li models. Even though it has just six cylinders, the 740i offers a prodigious swell of midrange torque. Unfortunately, the chugging restarts can get pretty annoying in stop-and-go traffic — when they do, you can switch off the system. It insists on doing too many things for the driver, and that's in Normal mode. And with a wide range of powertrain possibilities, along with standard and long-wheelbase versions--including greener ActiveHybrid and high-performance Alpina models.
Based on the 750, the highlights of the Alpina B7 include significantly more horsepower, a retuned suspension, and unique styling. Many owners adapt to it, however, and have no complaints. It feels like a jet engine pulling you forward with awesome power. It also gets luxury amenities, including a massaging driver's seat, ventilated front seats, ski sack, heated rear seats, heated steering wheel, Sirius Satellite Radio, and the Head-Up Display. There's still enough space for most folks in the standard models, including people up to about 5-foot, 10 inches, even when tall occupants are up front. The base model is the 730i. We spent far too much time looking down into the cockpit — and away from the road ahead — attempting to use the controls for the sound system, adjustable suspension and navigation.
When equipped with the available all-wheel drive system called 750i xDrive --which helps improve on-the-road traction and stability and normally sends 60 percent of power to the rear wheels--the 7-Series can get to 60 mph in just 5. The most aggressive suspension setting disarms the electronic stability control, which is not a good idea in a car like the 750i as the 400-horsepower V8 can overwhelm the rear tires if the driver is harsh with the throttle. The Alpina B7 is likely the closest you'll get to an M7, which isn't offered. A vexing interface detracts from a superb line of cars. For performance, it adds a 500-horsepower version of the 4. The 7 Series xDrive more thoroughly integrates all-wheel-drive management with other electronic systems, like stability control and the 7's optional Active Roll Stabilization anti-sway bars. Out on the highway, this annoyance goes away.
The model comes equipped with front and side airbags for the driver and front passenger, plus head airbags for both rows of seats, while all seats are fitted with three-point inertia-reel seat belts. Predictably, power and torque have dropped significantly, and 0-60 times have climbed. We have not driven an ActiveHybrid model. Violations of copyright will be prosecuted under the fullest extent of the law. Some of the controls and features are overly complicated, however.
And with a wide range of powertrain possibilities, along with standard and long-wheelbase versions--including greener ActiveHybrid and high-performance Alpina models. As it stands, we still feel like we provide some of the most accurate zero to 60 mph test results available today, and we pride ourselves on being able to provide you with the 0 to 60 mph and quarter mile speed data that you are looking for. The ActiveHybrid 750i and 750Li employ a mild hybrid powertrain with the same twin-turbocharged 4. In addition, models equipped with the twin-turbo V-8 get 19-inch wheels and a premium stereo system as standard. With a larger turbo, the Alpina suffers some lag, but when the boost comes in this big sedan gets up and moves. Also new for 2011 were the ActiveHybrid 750i and 750Li models, combining power with fuel economy.
What's more, the kick-down shifts are often not smooth. An additional chrome bar connects unique dual tailpipes below the bumper line. Highway passing response is immediate and plentiful, and torque off the line is more than willing. The ActiveHybrid 7 has some special exterior characteristics. The front seats are also fitted with crash-activated head restraints as standard. It's powered by a 6.
All-wheel drive is available for stability and traction in wintry conditions. Things have changed significantly on the automotive market since then and the 7-Series needs to keep up. Handling is sharper than that of the other 7 Series models. The 740Li adds to that heated front seats, illuminated rear visor mirrors, and a load-leveling suspension. Active safety features include Dynamic Stability Control and Dynamic Brake Control, featuring Brake Fade Compensation, Start-off Assistant, Brake Drying, Brake Stand-by, Brake Assist, and Active Brake Lights. Drivers can choose among Comfort, Normal and Sport modes to tailor dynamics to the situation. Equipped with optional active steering, the 7 Series impresses with its ability to sweep around tight corners.
Prepared by tuner Alpina, the B7 is essentially an M version of the 7. You're going 20 mph and ease off the gas for a red light, intending to coast there, and it downshifts so eagerly that you have to get back on the gas to get to the intersection. Like all other 7s, the Alpina now uses the eight-speed automatic, but it alone offers manual shifting via steering-wheel-mounted switches. Two other models cater to very specific crowds, radically different from each other. There's also an Integrated Chassis Management system that individually applies the brakes and throttle individually and helps xDrive-equipped cars handle better. It offers impressive performance from its brilliant engines. The diesel line-up begins with the 730d.